This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This week, I'll look at the American League West.
The payroll estimates are from FanGraphs. The grades and win totals are mine.
A grade of C reflects an average major league player.
I do not list bench players.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Estimated Payroll: $189M
My Estimated Win Total: 89
Lineup: Steady and effective
Jose Altuve, 2B, BR, Grade B-
Not the same guy at age 30, but still a quality hitter
Michael Brantley, LF, BL, Grade B-
Still an on-base and hit machine at age 33
Alex Bregman, 3B, BR, Grade B
I still like this guy to hit a ton of homers and drive in runs
Carlos Correa, SS, BR, Grade B
Not elite, but if he stays healthy, he's plenty good
Yordan Alvarez, DH, BL, Grade B-
Tremendous power with chances for tons of RBIs
Yuli Gurriel, !B, BR, Grade C+
I worry about his bat in his age 37 season
Kyle Tucker, RF, BL, Grade B
Uppercut home run swing should put him higher in batting order
Myles Straw, CF, BR, Grade C
Will have to steal plenty of bases to stay fantasy worthy
Martin Maldonado, C, BR, Grade C-
Not much offense fro an aging veteran
Rotation: Weakened without Valdez, Verlander and Whitely
Zack Greinke-RHP-Grade B
Fastball has faded, but every other pitch has great movement
Lance McCullers Jr., RHP, Grade B-
New contract proves his worth to the Astros
Jose Urquidy, RHP,